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Steve Li’s Case Highlights Greater Problems Within Immigration Reform

Will Thompson

November 18, 2010


Filed under Opinion

Steve Li, a 20-year-old former City College of San Francisco nursing student, is currently washing dishes in an Arizona detention facility for a dollar a day as he awaits deportation to his native Peru. The story of how Li got there highlights California’s—as well as the nation’s—inability to find an appropriate method of handling the status of 2 million U.S....

Tax The Rich

Tina Phillips

November 18, 2010


Filed under Opinion

Most people whine about having to pay taxes. Many believe that the government is stealing their hard earned money. In addition, many vote for candidates who support lowering taxes. However, did anyone stop and think about the consequences of such a stance and policy? Do people realize what taxes do?...

Taxes Won’t Get Us Closer To Fixing The Budget

Mark Laluan

November 18, 2010


Filed under Opinion

An early episode of the cartoon series “South Park” has the protagonists, who are doing research for a classroom report on different types of business practices, run into a group of “Underpants Gnomes,” who claim to possess a clever business strategy. The gnomes, who in the episode steal underpants from unwary children dur...

What we can learn from the death of Oscar Grant and the trial of Johannes Mehserle

November 12, 2010


Filed under Opinion

The trial, verdict and recent sentencing of Johannes Mehserle for the New Years’ Day 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant were bound to disappoint some. The shooting of the unarmed Grant by the former BART policeofficer was a tragedy that evoked bitter memories of police brutality, inflamed emotions regarding...

In the Wake of the Williams’ Firing, Only the Public Stands to Lose

Will Thompson

November 12, 2010


Filed under Opinion

When Juan Williams, former NPR news analyst, was fired by the organization for his comments on FOX News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” neither he nor the media could have expected the outcry from both sides. The spectacle that evolved from the entire affair has threatened both NPR’s federal funding and the oppo...

Voting is Useless without a True Democracy

Tina Phillips

November 12, 2010


Filed under Opinion

How many times do we hear that the election system is broken? The system was set up by two mainstream and capitalist parties, the Democrats and Republicans, as a way to keep voters from voting for who they truly want to see in office— and that is just one way they maintain a monopoly when it comes...

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell a relic best relegated to the history books

Will Thompson

October 28, 2010


Filed under Opinion

Among American institutions, the military has a long, storied tradition equaling that of the church, Congress, the Supreme Court and the White House. The armed services (Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps) have a unique culture and code of rules and behavior that is instilled in each of its memb...

Hayward’s New Ban on Styrofoam: Good or Bad?

Kenneth Robinson

October 28, 2010


Filed under Opinion

The Hayward City Council voted unanimously in favor of passing an ordinance to eliminate polystyrene foam, also known as Styrofoam, from restaurants on October 19, The ban came as city officials were under pressure from local environmental groups while the California Restaurant Association and Chamber...

One Student’s Opinion: Professors

Cheyann Elmore

October 28, 2010


Filed under Opinion

College is an exciting time in a student’s life, but it can also be stressful learning how to balance classes, homework, family, work, friends, relationships and personal issues. Having a bad professor can make a difficult situation even worse. “A good professor can make all the differ...

Prop. 25 won’t solve California’s budget problems, but it’s a step in the right direction

William Thompson

October 22, 2010


Filed under Opinion

California legislators recently passed the state’s 2010-2011 budget—101 days past the June 15 deadline, when lawmakers are supposed to present the governor with a working model for the coming fiscal year. If this sounds outrageous, take into account the fact that since 1980, the legislature has...

Caring For Someone With Dementia

Phillip Davis

October 22, 2010


Filed under Features, Opinion

When I moved in with my 86 year-old grandmother 5 years ago, it was to primarily keep her company since my grandfather had just passed away. Mildred Stradford, or Mrs. Strad, as she is called by to those that know her, has lived in the same home in Richmond, CA since 1968. After receiving a degree fr...

Hallowed Hue

Ellen Warren

October 22, 2010


Filed under Features, Opinion

Orange you glad we can treat you with expert advice on this tricky color? Maybe it’s the miles of aisles of Halloween decorations in stores everywhere. Or those bountiful bins of pumpkins at grocery stores, farm stands and green markets. Whatever the reason, around this time of year, a lot of u...

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